on 28 October 2003
Never a fan until recently, Stampin Ground blew me and pretty much everyone else away with their first album. This, their second major release (and 4th album), take what they did right and makes a 100% improvement (Yes it possible!).
With a much more crushing, hard-edge sound, A New Darkness Upon Us is a master piece and a near perfect example a UK Hardcore.
However, unlike other great UK Harcore albums it has a thicker, deeper, more technical sound. The guitars chug through, sounding like a cross between Pantera and Lamb of God, with a little In Flames thrown in for good measure.
The drumming is more brutal and pounding than the first album, making sure you catch every last beat.
Finally, Adam Frakes-sime gives an unbeatable performance on vocals, with his growls being so fierce and rampid, yet clear and precise.
With an excellent Production, and all the track on the album being a "best song", This album sets the bench mark for any other band wishing to "attempt" a truly Harcore Sound.
on 19 December 2005
Stampin' ground have been around for a while now, and it's good to see an English hardcore/metal band gain as much respect as they have amongst as mass of generic bands, however i still think they deserve more praise than they have recieved! Sure they are signed to century media, a large american metal label, but they still deserve more respect!!!
"A new darkness upon us" is an amazing album, blending metal and hardcore into a barrage of brutality and heaviness. With "slayer like" riffs, and "pantera style" vocals mixed in with brilliant catchy breakdowns, this is simply awesome. There are just SO many brilliant riffs it's mind numbing!!! Stand out tracks are "dead from the neck up", "Ashes to scatter" and "Dont need a reason to hate".
Now im aware this album has been out for some time, but unlike many other bands in what is an overcrowed genre, this is still at the top of my "fave albums" list. Many similar bands become stale after a few months, stampin' ground do not! What does set them aside from the gazillion other metalcore bands is that they cut out the crap (ie. singing) and actually have talent!!!! With vocals you can understand, brilliant "slayer like" guitar work, and some inventive bass lines, and some extremely fast drum work, this is bliss!!!!!
Musically there is no better band out there imho, Stampin' Ground - doin' it the hard way!!!!
For fans of: All that remains, slayer, pantera, hatebreed
on 19 February 2004
i bought this cd straight after my frist stampin' ground concert this album brings you ear drum pounding drums, rusty growlen voclals, rollen bass lines and screaming guiutars the way a heavy metal album should be!
if your a fan of slayer and pantera then you will soon become a fan of stampin' ground!